Each blood draw a professional phlebotomist makes is one more experience that adds up to a body of work. Phlebotomy instructors will draw from their work experiences as they train their students.
Each patient that enters the lab and takes a seat in the phlebotomy chair comes with their own set of experiences and feelings about the blood draw. A phlebotomy instructor will have spent time with a variety of patients, from the simple to the more complex. This is where phlebotomy instruction leaves behind the words on the textbook page and enters into the hands-on instruction phase.
Venipunctures can vary as much as the patient. Learning in the field how to handle the tiny veins of a newborn to the thinner skin of geriatric patients will prepare future phlebotomy instructors to offer real advice to potential students.
Like many careers in healthcare, phlebotomists sometimes face the negative end of a patient’s anxiety over their procedure. In extreme cases, some people experience trypanophobia or the fear of needles. Others come after bad blood draw experiences with poorly trained phlebotomists or other factors that create stress and anxiety long before the needle hits the vein.
While real needle phobia is rare, some patients simply do not like having their blood taken, while others might experience fainting when their blood is drawn. For new phlebotomists, these situations can be difficult to face. Called syncope, a good phlebotomy instructor can draw from their own work experiences and offer advice for dealing with this and other situations.